US Department of Education Opens Financial Aid to Students in ‘Bootcamps’ and Non-Institutional Programs

Tony Wan, EdSurge, Oct 14, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

The American government has announced a new program to connect alternative education initiatives such as MOOCs and EdCamps with traditional education providers. "Here’s the kicker," writes Tony Wan. "Students enrolled in select programs can be eligible for Title IV federal financial aid." The program is called “Educational Quality through Innovation Partnerships” (EQUIP) and includes schools, the alternative educators, and a third-party “Quality Assurance Entity”. The program is intended to broaded opportunities to access university education, which remains out of reach of the poor. "Wealthier students are eight times more likely to get a degree by age 24 than those from low-income families." See also Inside Higher Ed, Community College Daily.

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